President Julie Sullivan smiling at speaking at a podium.

First Friday in February

Christophe Beck, CEO of Ecolab, Inc. joined Dean Don Weinkauf of the St. Thomas School of Engineering to discuss helping the greater good, the importance of curiosity, COVID-19 and how diversity, equity and inclusion drives success.

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Christophe Beck

Prior to assuming the CEO role effective January 1, 2021, Beck was president and chief operating officer. He also held several other senior leadership roles, including executive vice president and president of Ecolab’s Global Industrial Group; executive vice president and president of Nalco Water, an Ecolab company; and executive vice president and president of International Regions.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years, where he ran major regional and global businesses out of several regions before leading the European corporate sales. Earlier in his career, he worked on a space shuttle project for the European Space Agency.

In 2006, Beck was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for his accomplishments and commitment to shape a better world. Beck holds a degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also serves on the institution’s strategic advisory board.